Thursday, 28 January 2016

The Uruguay international acknowledged the
visitors made life difficult for the holders in the
second leg of their clash at Camp Nou
Luis Suarez praised Barcelona's response to
falling behind after the Copa del Rey holders
saw off Athletic Bilbao to reach the semi-finals
on Wednesday.
Barca ran out 3-1 winners at Camp Nou -
progressing 5-2 on aggregate - as second-half
goals from Suarez, Gerard Pique and Neymar
cancelled out Inaki Williams' early opener.
The hosts were on the back foot for long spells
prior to half-time but eventually pulled clear
after the break and Suarez paid tribute to a
spirited Athletic display and his team-mates'
"You can never say anything until the end in
these games," he told Movistar+ .
"We left [the first leg] with a good lead but the
opening goal made it complicated. The first half
was bad but then we went on to win with a
different attitude.
"Thanks to that we are still here. Athletic play
the way they play and they press, it made our
passing complicated."
Suarez was reunited with Lionel Messi and
Neymar up front after his recent Copa del Rey
suspension, but Luis Enrique was without Arda
Turan due to illness, while Sergio Busquets and
Andres Iniesta were named on the bench after
suffering from fever this week.
Busquets was introduced for the final 20
minutes and Suarez refused to use injuries or
illness as an excuse for Barca's slow start.
"[Busquets] is more than important in this team,
as is Iniesta and Arda. But it's no excuse
because we knew how we were going to play.
"We know that the supporters are the 12th man
and their support was important to us. We were
not playing well and wanted that extra support."


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